Raidel Martinez scored a point for a saved game. Author: Yuki Oboshi
Cuba and Australia have played World Classics three times, and each time the team from the smallest island has won. Always with a tense score, but this Wednesday (4:3) it is a historic victory that brings our team back to the semi-finals, and Joelkis Gibert is the least likely to forget about it.
The left-handed outfielder from Santiago de Cuba was allowed to bat in the fifth inning with bases loaded and against a pitcher off his arm, and landed the hit of his life: a right field hit that resulted in two runs that decided the game.
In the next half, Wingrove played Roenis Elias with a man on the track to hit his team and it was the last time anyone stepped on home plate for both teams.
Elias, who presumably started in the semi-finals, controlled the situation in the seventh part and handed the game to the Moinelo-Raidel tandem with a minimal advantage.
Moynelo gave away a couple of tickets, but he resolved the situation in the eighth with two outs, and Raidel finished off Kangaroos with strikes with two more pensioners.
With the same board and the same Tokyo Dome, Cuba eliminated Australia from the second round in the 2017 edition. Grand slam tournaments de Alfredo Despaign set the course, and now the captain drove one in the fifth with a sacrificial hit in right field. This is his 20th career RBI in betting history.
And if Guibert’s hit (3-1, 1BB, 2KI) was key, then Yoan Moncada also had the lead, going undefeated on any of his four trips to the plate: two hits and two walks and one scored.
The victory went to the program of Miguel Romero (1.2INN, 1H, 2K), the author of another flawless work and already having 8.1 innings without clearance and 12 outs.
Starter Jariel Martinez (3.1 INN, 1CL, 2H, 5K, 4BB) didn’t show a good team and if there were no more complications in the fourth when he went two in a row, it’s thanks to Romero’s relief.
Elias had the points that outscored the island-continent (2.0 INN, 2CL, 2H).
Since the championship in 2006, when the team headed by Iginio Velez came to discuss the title, our country has not gone beyond the second round of the classic.
Source: Juventud Rebelde